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Top 3 Benefits of Vitamin D

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2. Stronger Bones and Muscles

Vitamin D has long been recognized as essential for normal bone formation, largely because it is essential for calcium utilization. Numerous studies have shown that the majority of seniors hospitalized for hip fractures are deficient in vitamin D.

But the problem might not be just weak bones. Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, MD, of University Hospital in Zurich, and others have made the case that weak muscles lead to falls and broken bones. The argument has its merits. Vitamin D is needed for normal muscle production and strength, and a lack of the vitamin leads to muscle weakness, a reduced range of motion, and increased physical frailty. With each passing year, seniors are more likely to be affected by sarcopenia, the age-related loss of muscle, along with osteoporosis. After analyzing 20 studies, which included more than 44,000 patients, Bischoff-Ferrari wrote in Osteoporosis International that 1,800 to 4,000 IU of vitamin D could greatly reduce the risk of falls in seniors. In contrast, the IOM recommended only 600 to 800 IU daily.

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2:04AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Just found out today that my Vitamin D level is at 36% which isnt good so now I ll have to take Vit D with calcium and see how I go in Feb when I have the test again. Good that we are coming into summer but I cant sit in the searing heat as I d burn to a crisp then Id have to deal with other issues. Hooohumm.

2:18PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Very important, thanks

9:31PM PDT on May 3, 2012

Vitamin D is one of the health benefitting nutrients for our body. You might think that this essential vitamin could only be obtained from the sunlight exposure but there are also foods that contain vitamin D. The most important benefits of Vitamin D are prevention of flu virus infections, healthy bone development, increase in body’s immunity, regulation of blood pressure and strengthening of the white blood cells. Most fruits and vegetables have their own essential vitamins in preventing diseases and maintaining our body healthy. That is why it is more important to consume these foods in their natural form. Thank you for sharing this health content, keep it up! (SHARED TO SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES)

Mark Cruz
NewVitality

5:13PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

very informative

5:19AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thanks.

7:08PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

While I spend a lot of time outside in the summer, the rest of the year it is frequently cloudy here and too cold to have a lot of skin exposed. I was taking D3 but apparently not enough because my lab test came back at 24. I definitely recommend getting tested to have a better idea of how much you really need.

1:16PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Already take it and feel so much better

4:56PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

10 minutes of sun a day!

10:24AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

thanks

8:05AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

My sister and my best friend had to take a presciption of Vitamin D for awhile because they were both low. I had my doctor check me and he said mine was fine. The difference is that neither one of them get outside much. I love to work out in the yard. I do take a suppliment in the winter because it is too cold to work outside. But, as soon as Spring gets here, out I go.

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